Kamini Takes Centre Stage Kamini Takes Centre Stage
Credit photo Brian Sidaway Or should we say builds a stage. An attractive addition to our valley, creative masons expanded the stone rain channel to include an outdoor theatre. Very nicely done, we don’t know who or what is going to be starring in our new amph ...
Kamini Takes Centre Stage
Kamini Takes Centre Stage
Merry Grumble Merry Grumble
KC wishes all and sundry a healthy happy 2017 With Love from us, no offence!! Share this:Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to ...
Merry Grumble
Merry Grumble
All Roads Lead To….. All Roads Lead To…..
They went thatta-way…!! Not so long ago, the island erected road signs designed to stop visitors from getting lost or confused. I was particularly pleased with the one in Kamini Harbour. Being Irish and all, it seemed normal; some newcomers however still ask m ...
All Roads Lead To.....
All Roads Lead To…..
Regatta signifies Season End Regatta signifies Season End
In like a Lion, out like a lamb, pretty much says it all about the annual yacht race from Athens to the Rock. Friday howling winds and high seas, these determind boats and crew braved the conditions to participate in the traditional season closing regatta. That was ...
Regatta signifies Season End
Regatta signifies Season End
Not a Pants on Fire true tail… Not a Pants on Fire true tail…
The comet staff and management made parole this month and escaped to the northeast coast of the States where we happened upon a pleasant surprise. An island also devoid of motorized transport. Fire island has long understood the value of not allowing mopeds and such ...
Not a Pants on Fire true tail...
Not a Pants on Fire true tail…
Ignoring Silly Season Rhubarbs Ignoring Silly Season Rhubarbs
Instead the KC is getting down to some really interesting news rather than re-telling the who’s who and what of  the island’s August seen and be seen, scene. You put your new foot out… Mid-August 2016 called for a new model. Old transportation had ...
Ignoring Silly Season Rhubarbs
Ignoring Silly Season Rhubarbs
Some just Never “Get-it” Some just Never “Get-it”
Time and time again the island has had to fight against the wheels, pun intended, of “progress”. We have always advocated that one moped, would be the thin end of an irreversible wedge, and ruin the island. Hydra would no longer be the tranquil and unique place that ...
Some just Never "Get-it"
Some just Never “Get-it”
Only in Kamini, and only us. Only in Kamini, and only us.
“Let’s do something different,” she said, “why don’t you call Castello (ex baby-beach) and see if they have sushi, we haven’t had any for at least two years.” Surprise Sushi Celebration I called they did have such fresh salm ...
Only in Kamini, and only us.
Only in Kamini, and only us.
June Fool June Fool
Copyright infringement ? Okay so a couple of months behind April Fool, but contrary to a new Kamini rumour that I have  gone into competition with Dole and Chiquita bananas super corporations, we are not associated with this new brand gracing the shelves of Dimitra& ...
June Fool
June Fool
Mid-Month-Sillyness Mid-Month-Sillyness
Not trusted by at least 3, or is that 30 million visitors to date. Conceived in 1983, had to wait until it was invented in 1995 to launch internet on the island. No charges for anything as we have nothing to offer, this sight, er site, is for sore eyes only, enter a ...
Mid-Month-Sillyness
Mid-Month-Sillyness

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DavidFagan.org is a website devoted to promoting the lighter side of life … and saving the planet. We also offer assistance to travelers seeking private vacation homes or other holiday assistance, as well as to those who may wish to relocate here permanently. Feel free to contact us directly with any questions, and we’ll make every effort to help.

Main Street in Kamini, Hydra, GreeceThe Kamini Comet (KC) is published by David Fagan and Jennifer Kelland, who share a love of life in this village, playing with words and essentially having fun. It is an apolitical subwebsite, which is neutral, unbiased (without affiliation to any party, organization or legislative forum), unprejudiced, and nondenominational. The people, events, and things mentioned on this site are completely fictional and bear no resemblance to anyone or anything. You use this website at your own risk; we will accept no responsibility for any injury, mental or physical, to yourself or others, directly or indirectly caused by reading these pages.

David Fagan

DaDavid Fagan and Jennifer Kelland in Charleston, South Carolinavid is CEO, president, managing director, author, publisher, and chief bottlewasher of DavidFagan.org. On his first visit to Hydra back in 1983, David decided that owning a bar in this exotic location was an ideal way not to spend the rest of his life in the fast-lane of corporate advertising and journalism. It was an idea spawned by the Honorable Bill Cunliffe of Bill’s Bar, renowned wateringhole for anyone who knew this part of the world at the time. He and a couple of old-timers, Anthony Kingsmill and Leonard Bernstein, planted the seed: Come!

Verena Foundation, Kamini Harbor, Hydra, GreeceReturning in the summer of 1985, David acquired the Bahia Bar and Restaurant in the heart of Hydra, assuming that this was a justifiable way to achieve semiretirement early in life. Naivety, misjudgment, and somewhat shrewder local business circumstances conspired to teach him that life wasn’t that simple. One does not open a local pub in an exclusive destination and live happily ever after. Small print and subsequent loss of said operation encouraged him to investigate other avenues of survival.

A decade’s worth of practical new skills emerged, from crewing on yachts to gardening. He helped arrange famous birthday parties, such as Joan Collins’s 55th, and rescue dying donkeys (a tale published in his collection of stories about life on the island, Rhubarbs from a Rock).

An alleyway in upper Kamini, Hydra, GreeceIn 1995, David launched the island’s first community website, the Hydranet. He also prematurely and simultaneously opened the island’s first public Internet office. At the time, the incidental and computer-literate tourist was seriously impressed to find such hi-tech coms on the Rock. Even Koffi Annan was impressed when shown our operation by Mayor Kosta Anastopoulous when the UN secretary general was visiting back then.

David and his partner, Michael Giese, ran the business on steam and analogue phone lines (Hydra only went digital a couple of days before the millennium). Downloading simple text messages could take minutes, and sending an images, hours.

Even with his enthusiasm for this new medium, David couldn’t have predicted the massive proliferation of Internet technology. Back in the late 1990s, an unprofessional little website  with only a couple of dozens pages of info, Hydranet leapt to the top page of all search engines, simply because it existed. (We were even bigger than Corfu or Crete in the first months).

Today, a staggering 6.25 million pages come up in major search engines if you just type “Hydra Greece” into the search box. Such fierce competition in virtual Hydra space was reminiscent of the rat race, so David moved away from the central business district of downtown Hydra to the subsuburb of Kamini over a year ago, where he continues his writing, adding to his collection of Rhubarbs and maintaining the Fair Society, an astronomy site he conceived in 1998 to promote asteroid awareness and raise funding for research.

Boat on the shore, Beksis, GreeceThis village is, oddly, reminiscent in many ways of Hydra 25 years ago. It’s cast and characters are too rich for a scribbler like him not to play with by creating an unassuming, noncommercial platform for sharing ideas about this little community. The KC has not been created for industrial purposes; it is simply a place for off-the-beaten-track muses and mutters about life outside the fast lane of any city, including Hydra.

Jennifer Kelland

Jennifer Kelland and David Fagan, Mpumalanga, South Africa, January 2007Jennifer Kelland first arrived on the Rock at the age of 10, after her father, Michael, bought a house above Hydra’s port. While she lived in Virginia year-round with her mother, Jeanne, and stepfather, Steve, she visited Hydra with her father every summer for a month, in her younger years tripping along the port chasing kitties, then later tripping home from Cavos to make her curfew (father had threatened to call the “police” if she was even a minute late).

Jennifer and David first met in 1991, then again in 1994, at which time Michael threatened to hobble David if he ever again flirted with his daughter. Jennifer didn’t return to the island for another 12 years. In the interim, she lived in Prague and Costa Rica, received a graduate degree in English literature, and became a freelance editor.

Kamini Sunset, Hydra, GreeceAfter her father passed away in November 2005, Jennifer and her stepmother, Lisa, and her two brothers, Mack and Will, made plans to return to Hydra in June to scatter Michael’s ashes. As she had invited a dear friend with back problems to join her here, Jennifer, then living in Rhode Island, did a Google search in mid-April for “David Fagan Hydra” solely with the intent of contacting him to find out about chiropractors on the island. So began a string of e-mails that resulted in her staying with David in Kamini for the entire summer of 2006.

Jen and David on safari, Mpumalanga, South Africa, January 2007After a winter of travels together in the United States and South Africa, Jennifer and David decided that she, her two dogs, and her two cats should join David in Kamini permanently. She arrived on the Rock six weeks later, following a frenzy of packing, shipping, selling, and general arranging. They soon settled into their sweet spitaki overlooking Kamini harbor, where one cat quickly went mad, and the dogs learned to stop attacking donkeys.

Due to the blessings of broadband Internet technology, their work with writing and editing continues, although for Jennifer without the familiar sounds of sirens and thudding rap music in the background.

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